European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile.
Performed on 20 February at DGA Essais de Missiles Centre at the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean, the test saw a test missile successfully strike a representative surface target.
Being developed for the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Wildcat HMA2 helicopter and the French Navy’s H160M Guepard helicopter, Sea Venom/ANL is a 110 kg-class high-subsonic missile (carrying a 30 kg semi-armour piercing blast/fragmentation warhead) designed to disable targets from fast-attack craft up to corvette size, and also offer a capability against coastal and land targets.
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